With the holidays fast-approaching, many find themselves in eager anticipation of the break from work–prior to the New Year commencing–or for some, it’s the idea of giving or receiving presents. Regardless of what part of the upcoming holidays you’re most excited for, it’s safe to say we all want to enjoy it before it’s gone! Below is advice on how to be happy and healthy this holiday season!
Just like with the rest of the year, staying physically active is crucial to our overall health. For many, our food intake increases over the break, which makes staying physically active even more important. If you’re not a big fan of the gym, there are numerous other ways to stay active that may be more to your liking. Some exercises to try this winter wonderland can be:
- Ice skating
- Or even snow sprints!
Leave Time for Rest and Relaxation
As much as celebrating and time with family and friends is part of the holiday season, so is recuperation! You can’t enjoy others company or be there for them when you’re feeling burnt out and exhausted yourself.
It’s important to remember not everyone is fortunate enough to have awesome holidays. For some, this time of year is a reminder of loved ones lost, while others struggle to meet their basic needs let alone have joyous festivities.
Make this the year you pay-it-forward! Whether it’s finding an opportunity to serve in your local community or inviting friends or colleagues, who spend this time of year alone, to be a part of your celebrations. You’ll be surprised how much joy you can receive from helping those around you!
Be Disciplined with Food
Do you have a tendency to pack on some extra pounds over the holidays? With lots of tasty cuisines and more dessert than usual, it’s easy to go crazy on the food. Fortunately, staying healthy doesn’t mean forgoing your favourite meals and desserts.
Instead of eating one giant meal, try eating several smaller portions. It’s also important to watch out for liquid calories, such as those found in alcoholic beverages.